But that doesn't stop some drivers. Instead, they text and drive - and cause serious car accidents. And the problem is only getting worse. More and more drivers are causing texting accidents. That's why they're now one of the most common driver error accidents.
Knowing what to do after a Florida texting accident can be confusing. Fortunately, you're not alone. Our Florida texting accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Brent C. Miller, P.A. can help you every step of the way. We know how the legal system works here and what it takes to win such tough cases.
Florida's texting laws
Per Florida law, there is no specific recognition of cellular device usage. However, Florida does have a limited ban on text messaging while driving. This law is considered a "secondary law" because it is can only be enforced as a result of the enforcement of other laws. In essence, drivers can be cited for texting and driving only if they have already been pulled over for another traffic violation - which means that practically speaking, the texting law is rarely enforced.
The truth is that texting is a major distraction on the road. Such distraction can result in auto accidents, serious injuries and even deaths. Although drivers may not be stopped solely for texting, this does not mean that texting should be done while driving. As a citizen, it is your civic responsibility to engage in such a way on the road that perpetuates safety and concern for others.
If you must text, be considerate
As texting is a quick and efficient way to relay information, drivers should be considerate of other people on the road. If you need to communicate with people via your cellular device, have another passenger in the vehicle text on your behalf. Or, pull over to prepare and send your text message.
If you are a victim of texting and driving, you need a lawyer
Because Florida laws pertaining to texting are not as strict as other states, and because texting while driving is considered a secondary offense, it may be difficult to pursue a successful claim against a texting driver. That's why it's critical that you contact a car accident lawyer for assistance as soon as possible.
One of our lawyers can help you fill out the necessary paperwork in a proper and timely manner, negotiate and advocate on your behalf, research and investigate your accident, and provide general support and guidance.
As a victim of a driver who was texting and driving, you may be entitled to benefits to recover damages, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, retraining programs and medical expenses. Our lawyers are skilled in Florida injury law and can place you in the position to receive the care and coverage you need.
Aggressive auto accident attorneys
At the Law Offices of Brent C. Miller, P.A., you can expect that our aggressive auto accident attorneys will go above and beyond to help you understand your rights and what you are entitled to receive for your accident. We have the experience and the drive you need to succeed.
Texting while driving can have serious repercussions. If you have been involved in a texting accident, contact us today for a free initial consultation. We can explain all the legal options available to you, then help you decide which approach makes the most sense for your texting accident claim. We're here for you when you need us most.